RT is an autonomous non-profit organization. Its budget for 2016 is set at 19 billion rubles.
Editor-in-Chief of RT
In 2005 Margarita Simonyan was named editor in chief of Russia Today, Russia’s first 24/7 English-language news channel. After the launch of RT Arabic in 2007 and RT Spanish in 2009, she became editor in chief of the global multilingual television news network RT.
Under Ms. Simonyan’s helm, RT became the only Russian TV network to garner three International Emmy nominations for news coverage, took gold at Monte-Carlo TV Festival, as well as dozens of other media awards and accolades. RT also took the lead place on YouTube, where it is the #1 TV news network with more than 3 billion views.
Prior to heading up RT, Ms. Simonyan had reported from Chechnya during the Second Chechen Campaign, from the Beslan School Siege, and from Abkhazia, and she has received several awards for journalism for her work.
Managing Director of RT
Alexey’s journalistic pursuits began in the early 1970s, when at just 13 years of age he published his first article. In the Soviet era, his career focused predominantly on sports journalism, which was largely devoid of political interference, and Alexey has reported on major sporting events, including the Olympics. During the Perestroika, Alexey began to cover general issues and in 1990 joined Russia’s first ever independent radio station Echo of Moscow, where he soon became a news anchor and a reporter. For this station he covered some of the most important events of the 90s in Russia, including the August Coup of 1991, the October 1993 Constitutional Crisis.
Since 1994 Alexey has mostly worked on Russian television. He was instrumental in launching the new national network, REN TV. At the same time he continued his love affair with sports journalism and still writes frequently on the subject for national newspapers and magazines. He also became Russia’s first golf commentator and occasionally serves in this capacity at Eurosport and Sport TV channels. Alexey is a winner of the prestigious Russian Union of Journalists’ award “For Professional Excellence” and several other industry awards. He is also a professor of Journalism at Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities.
Alexey joined Russia Today (now RT) in 2005 and is now the Managing Director for the entire organization, including English, Arabic and Spanish channels.